As a kid, one of my family’s favorite restaurants was a pretty well-known pizza place. But we didn’t just go there for the pizza, no-no, we went for their delicious ranch dressing! Did we get salad? No way José! That ranch was for the pizza! But if we did have a salad, you’d better believe it had their ranch dressing on it!
We had the hardest time recreating that specific ranch dressing at home, so to the pizza place we would go. Sometimes just to buy some of their homemade ranch dressing! I’m sure we weren’t the only ones that were addicted to that stuff because they started selling it by the bottle!!! We found out later (because my sister-in-law started working there) that it was just the store-bought buttermilk ranch dressing packets using mayo NOT miracle whip! Once we figured out how to make it, we didn’t need that pizza place quite as much, well, except for their delicious pizza. 😉
Fast forward a few years (and a few health problems) down the road, I decide to cut out processed foods and any unnecessary chemical additives. With ingredients like Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), modified food starch, maltodextrin and that all-encompassing ‘natural flavors’, I went without ranch for a while. Since I also quit eating pizza and eating out at most restaurants, I assumed ranch dressing wasn’t a necessity anymore. I could use a vinaigrette for my salads and hummus for my veggies. Yeah. That didn’t last very long! I found myself longing for ranch dressing again. I made so many healthy homemade ranch dressing recipes but to no avail. They just didn’t taste the way I remembered. Finally, after many attempts at my own recipe, I’ve finally mastered it!
The nice thing about this recipe is that its super easy and versatile! The spices can be fresh or dried (amounts listed in recipe for both!), the mayo can be store-bought/homemade and the yogurt could be store-bought/homemade or you could even use buttermilk or milk kefir for a higher probiotic count! Personally, I prefer my dairy products to be raw, but if you do not like raw for any reason, please feel free to use whichever version that suits your family. I’m lucky enough to live near a farm co-op that offers raw A2 protein dairy from pasture raised (no grain) cows! It’s truly a blessing since we feel raw is healthiest for us with all those natural enzymes and probiotics still intact. To find a local raw milk farmer near you, visit www.realmilk.com.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Enjoy!
The Perfect Ranch Dressing
This is the creamy restaurant style ranch dressing of my youth!
- ¾ cup Mayo homemade or store-bought
- ½ cup Raw sour cream can use pasteurized
- ½ cup Raw homemade yogurt substitute buttermilk or milk kefir (pasteurized/store-bought)
- 2 tsp White vinegar optional
- 1 clove Minced garlic 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. fresh minced green onions 1 tsp dried
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley 1 tsp dried
- ½ Tbsp. fresh dill ½ tsp dried
- ¼ to ½ tsp salt use less if using store-bought mayo, use more if its homemade
- ½ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup could use any sweetener. Honey, sugar, stevia or it can be omitted
- Cayenne pepper to taste I use a super tiny pinch but feel free to use more if you like spice
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Can be served immediately but is best if its refrigerated for at least a few hours.
Go here for my recipe for homemade mayo!
Please let me know what you think! Are there any foods that your family misses after switching to eating real food that you just can’t recreate? Let me know in the comments below!